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15 Foods You Either Loved or Hated Growing Up

Growing up, everyone had drastic opinions about food — maybe all things, if we’re being honest here. As kids, we’d take one bite of a meal and declare it to be the only food worth eating ever again, or we’d sniff something on our plate and knew it to be non-edible slop that had been served to us for reasons beyond our understanding. We weren’t exactly known for our nuanced palates.

But it’s not like kids agreed on what those foods were. We didn’t have nationwide or global meetings deciding which pizza toppings were good or bad. Weirdest of all were the foods that offered no middle ground whatsoever. They were the foods that no one was simply “meh” about. Throughout our childhood, these were foods that we either super absolutely loved or very much absolutely hated. Let’s look at those top contenders of what drove us wild, whether good or bad. Let’s celebrate that divide!

Casserole

A meal that could arguably drum up suspicion from the get-go, casserole has a history of being a thick, creamy jungle of who knows what. However, sometimes it could just be a savory cascade of all your favorite goodies inside a deliciously layered festival of flavor.

Brussels Sprouts

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Well, well, well… look what food’s become the big ticket item in hip gastropubs these days, the food that was steamy, bland nonsense back in the day. This is a food that sincerely, wholly depends on who’s at the kitchen’s helm. It could either be crispy Heaven or boiled Hell.

Meatloaf

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A loaf of meat? Incredible. A loaf of meat? Gross. Yes, this truly drove a wedge between families, as some would consider it a mysterious piece of meat combo that could get you insanely sick or a wonderful combination of all things savory.

Banana Pudding

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A relic leftover from the era when suburbia exploded, this recipe features a crazy amount of cream (just as a lot of things did back then). Not everyone was into that as youths. In fact, some kids hate biting into such floofy nonsense, only to get a bite of a Nilla Wafer, which wasn’t exactly Oreo. But then there were those who adored banana pudding. It was unique! It was carefree sugary mania! It tasted like a season that didn’t exist! In short, it was paradise found.

Mushrooms

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This one definitely carries over into adulthood, with some of the kids who hated mushrooms turning into fungi lovers. Growing up, this could make or break pizza. They could be tolerated or savored in soups. It was sibling against sibling, spouse against spouse; rare was it for an entire household to agree if mushrooms were good.

Goat Cheese

When it comes to tang, goat cheese would basically slap around your tastebuds. You were just trying to enjoy your pizza, sandwich, or what have you, and in came this flavor that was super tangy aggressive and entirely without chill. But for others, it was such a weird, unique flavor you couldn’t help but love it. Goat cheese took otherwise predictable meals and gave them a tangy, cheesy twist. It was always just the right amount too, so it never got to be too wild.

Black Licorice

To you, this was either a lie posing as candy or a very unique sweet treat that not enough folk appreciated. Some argued it was for old people; some argued that most people’s mouths are just broken. It was either a pungent funk or a pleasant surprise. No one will ever agree and we’ll fight about black licorice until we’re all dead.

Anchovies

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These remain insanely divisive, but everything was magnified when we were kids. For the most part, these were too weird to add to anything and even stranger to add little fish to the most sacred of all kid’s meals — pizza. But to those craving salty meat, what delivered like anchovies? Plus, they always came in a bunch, so it felt like a relentlessly giving snack.

Nilla Wafers

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These always seemed like adult cookies, like the kind of sweets people who never lived enjoyed. They’d eat these for some reason, even though ice cream sundaes and every kind of candy bar existed. But, on the other hand, these were still cookies and cookies are chill and can always be dunked in milk and make your day right.

Coconut

Ah yes, the coconut wars of our youth, where it could ruin Halloween or save a birthday cake. If you were anti, you’d take a bite of something and a slow realization would sweep over you as you spit out everything in your mouth. It wasn’t ever sudden. If you were pro, then you licked your lips and would accidentally eat, like, five helpings of anything with coconut. That was like consuming summer and feeling the sunshine course through you.

Blue Cheese

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Sure, the idea of eating moldy cheese outright sounded unappetizing for some (insane even), but for others, blue cheese brought with it a pure, scrumptious, wild tang. There was no taming it and no one who loved it would’ve want to anyway. But the naysayers wouldn’t come near it.

Jell-O

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Not everyone loved the jiggly sensation of whatever alien life form Jell-O counted as. Some found it unnerving at best and just a waste of time and energy otherwise. And yet, the other half of youngins were crazy all about it. Any flavor ruled; all of it was good. Somehow it felt like a health food you could play with?

Cream of Literally Anything Soup

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You’re born with the cream-of-soup gene or you aren’t. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. What may feel like eating soapy sewage to one individual may seem like devouring a warm sweater for your stomach on a cold day. And so on and so on.

Cilantro

This one can be blamed on simple science. According to SciShow, for an estimated 4-14% of the population, cilantro can taste like soap, due to a group of olfactory-receptor genes called OR6A2. It picks up on aldehyde chemicals, which are found in both cilantro and soap. However, to everyone else, cilantro is an amazing addition to anything from tacos to soups to pastas and it should be celebrated accordingly.

Bananas

With strange foods, polarizing opinions seemed inevitable. But a raging debate over bananas never made sense to me, and yet I saw it happen time and time again in my youth. I would watch someone bite into the long, yellow fruit like a monster and laugh about how good it was and then I’d behold a livid other person wanting to watch a world of banana-lovers burn to the ground. One day, there will be a war. Which side will you be on?

 

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News

Tech Company Says You Can Use Pizza Toppings To Unlock An iPhone X

FaceTec, a biometric security company that’s working on their own facial recognition app, ZoOm, has found a shockingly easy way to hack into the new iPhone X’s Face ID recognition app.

FaceTec conducted an experiment with a “sleeping” iPhone X owner and placed numerous pizza toppings on their eyes, such as olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni, to easily hack into what Apple promoted as a “secure and private new way to unlock, authenticate, and pay.” As shown in the video, the iPhone opens right up as soon as it recognizes the toppings as the owner’s eyes.

Doesn’t really seem so secure or private if it can be fooled by some food.

According to the video, some other ways to hack into an iPhone X is to place bottle caps or printed paper eyes over the eyes of a sleeping owner.

So you’ve been warned, iPhone X owners. With the way the Face ID is set up now, you may want to rethink ordering that pizza around nosy folks if you’re planning to pass out anytime soon after.

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Recipes

Beefy, Cheesy Breakfast Pockets Are The Perfect Breakfast On-The-Go

Setting out to reinvent classic breakfasts, celebrated Instagram bro-chef Josh Scherer, aka Mr. Culinary Brodown, set out to class-up the pop tart we all know and love.

Imagine a flaky puff pastry filled to the brim with Ground Beef, onions, mushrooms, eggs and cheese. Then imagine eating this pop tart-esque treat in the car on your morning commute and you’ll have Josh’s incredibly delicious and easy recipe, the Beefy, Cheesy Breakfast Pocket:

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Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 lb. Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)

1 tbsp oil

½ minced white onion

3/4 cup sliced button mushrooms

1 tsp ground sage

1 tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

4 large eggs

1 box (2 sheets) store-bought puff pastry

1 cup shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

– Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large non-stick saucepan on medium-high heat, then add minced onions, mushrooms, and Ground Beef. Sauté for 15 minutes, or until beef and veggies are cooked through then add sage, paprika, salt and pepper.

– Reserve beef and veggie mixture in a bowl and set aside. Whisk together your eggs, season with salt and pepper, then scramble over medium heat in a nonstick pan. Set aside.

– Heat your oven to 400°.

– Roll out the store bought puff pastry on a large cutting board dusted with flour. Cut out 8 separate 4-inch by 6-inch squares of dough.

– Lay down ¼ cup of shredded cheese into 4 dough squares then evenly distribute your scrambled eggs and beef mixture on top. Lay a second sheet of dough on top of each half-formed tart, then use a fork dipped in water to seal all the edges.

– When the tarts are sealed, cut three slits in the top of the dough so steam can escape, then carefully place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

– Allow the tarts to cool, then wrap in plastic wrap and put in the freezer. Microwave for 60-90 seconds to reheat in the morning.

Recipes created in partnership with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Funded by the Beef Checkoff. 

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Health

7 Superfoods That Can Reduce Stress

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We all need a little boost in our lives. Whether you are upset about a test you took, stressed about an upcoming event, or just generally feeling lethargic, we all rely on certain coping mechanisms to make us feel better.

That mood boost may come from your friends, a physical activity, or some alone time, but in some situations these may not be options. Instead, turn to the most reliable and well known comforting agent of all–food.

Rather than turning to popular college eats like pizza or ramen noodles that are sure to leave you feeling tired and unfocused, stock your room with these superfoods that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.

So get munchin’, Superman.

 

1. Coffee

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Yes, that may be a given, but the reason may not be what you initially think. Caffeine has been proven to increase the brain’s access to dopamine and serotonin. These are chemicals that signal your brain to be happy. Hence, the term “caffeine high.”

2. Walnuts and Flax Seeds

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These contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is linked to dopamine and serotonin release in the brain. When released, dopamine is what makes you feel joy, and serotonin inhibits your feelings of anger and aggression.

 

3. Pomegranate Juice

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Its powers decrease blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.

4. Yogurt

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The probiotic bacteria in your yogurt is the same kind that lives in your intestines. These organisms communicate with your brain, letting it know your body is doing A-okay.

 

5. Mushrooms

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Shrooms contain elements (if you have or are currently suffering through chemistry you will be familiar with these) named selenium and magnesium that are known to uplift moods.

 

6. Apricots

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These little guys, dried or fresh, contain vitamin B6 and other antioxidants that  are linked to increased mood.

 

7. Chocolate

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Another popular go-to for it’s mood boosting powers. It contains polyphenol, which–believe it or not–mimics the effect of marijuana.

So next time you’re feeling rotten, turn to your fridge for that brain power you’re searching for. If you ever just so happen to be abroad and searching for more food for your feelings, check out these Barcelona happy pills.

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Original post written by Kenzie Koss for Spoon University

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Fast Food

Arby’s New Sammich Has Angus Steak and Portobello Mushrooms

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Not everyone can conquer Arby’s secret Meat Mountain. Though for anyone interested in taking brisk mini meat hikes, the sandwich chain is introducing a new item stuffed with steak and mushrooms. They’re calling it the Montreal Angus and Portabella.

Arby’s latest addition features melted Vermont cheddar over multiple layers of Angus steak and served on a toasted sub. It’s then stuffed with caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms and a garlic aioli sauce.

The introduction of the Montreal Angus and Portobello also heralds the return of former Angus sandwiches: The Angus Philly and Angus Three Cheese & Bacon.

At 590 calories, the sandwich will only be available for a limited time, while supplies last. They can be purchased at participating Arby’s locations.

H/T Grub Grade

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Fast Food

Tears of Joy: Bacon Portabella Melt Returns to Wendy’s

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I’ve seen a lot of fast food burgers, but this is by far the month’s most mouth-watering. Good for you, Wendy’s. For a limited time, Wendy’s is returning the Bacon Portabella Melt to their menus. The Bacon Portabella is made with a 1/4 pound beef patty, sautéed Portabella mushrooms, cheddar sauce, two MORE cheese slices and thick-cut Applewood Bacon. Upon it’s return, the Bacon Portabella is now featuring a French-style brioche bun to replace it’s regular one.

Just shut up and take my money already.

The melt is hitting Wendy’s chains Wednesday Nov. 11 and will be available through late December for those who want to try it out. The hefty burger will run you $4.79, depending on location.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Spotted: Super Mario Mushrooms Hiding in the Produce Section

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Picture this: You’re in the middle of grocery shopping when you see a pack of red and white spotted Mario mushrooms just sitting there between the portabello and the buttons. Now I know what you’re thinking: “If I eat those, will I get bigger, gain more health or get super-fast?” Forget the fact that you had some mushrooms last night and there’s a good chance you’re imagining things. Just hurry up and grab them, before you step on another Goomba.

Wait, hang on, I think I’m confusing video games and reality again. That’s not a Goomba, that’s somebody’s kid. And these aren’t actual Mario mushrooms, they’re guerilla art designed by Toronto street artist Aiden Glynn and planted at his local grocery store. My bad.

Unfortunately, because we do live IRL, chances are consuming these won’t make you any bigger, healthier or faster than you already are. Unless of course it does. In which case, call me. I need friends who don’t think I’m nuts.

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H/T Obvious Winner + PicThx Pizza and Pixels

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Adventures

Adventure: Pie-ology

After a long summer day at the sunny beaches of Southern California, my friends and I wanted to relax and try out a new pizzeria joint called Pie-Ology. Very similar to the famous Chipotle Mexican Grill, you have the ability to customize your pizza to your liking. From artichokes to jalapenos, you can put anything you’re heart desires on your personal pizza-pie! Check out the crazy combinations we ended up throwing on our pizza!